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Ta Hsueh and Chung Yung (The Highest Order of Cultivation and On the Practice of the Mean)

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Two of the central texts of early Chinese thought, encapsulating the Confucian philosophy of the Way of moral cultivation and spiritual attainment.

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Traditionally held to be the work of two of Confucius' closest disciples, the books were compiled in their present form late in the second or first century BC and have occupied a central position in educational, political and cultural life throughout East Asia for almost a thousand years.

The texts focus on the connection between internal self-cultivation and the external realization of one's moral core in the fulfillment of the practical aims of Confucian life: the observance of ritual, the proper conduct of personal relationships, and the grand enterprise of maintaining order in the state and the world.

  • Includes introduction, chronological table, suggestions for further reading, notes and appendices on basic concepts and method of argument
  • These two texts complete the set of the four Confucian classics in Penguin Classics

"The Way of self-cultivation, at its highest levels, is a three fold path: it lies in causing the light of one's own inner moral force to shine forth, in bringing the people to a state of renewal, and in coming to rest in the fullest attainment of the good.

Only when one comes to understand this point of rest can one reach a state of unwavering stability. Having reached this unwavering state, one can then enjoy an unruffled quietude; having attained this state of quietude, one can then achieve an inner calm; once one has achieved this inner calm, one is then in a position to exercise one's capacity to deliberate clearly.

And it is the capacity of deliberation that provides the basis for moral attainment. Just as all existing things have, by definition, both a fundamental core and peripheral aspects - their 'roots' and 'branches' - so too, all human affairs have their endings as well as their beginnings.

To grasp fully the grounds for the proper sequential ordering of things, from first to last, is a precondtion for coming closer to the Way."       ~The Highest Order of Cultivation

Translator Plaks, Andrew
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 127 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 2004
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